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The Hornsea 2 wind farm, which is the largest offshore wind farm in the world, is now fully operational. A total of 165 wind turbines are located in the North Sea, approximately 89 kilometers off the coast of the English county of Yorkshire, and are capable of providing electricity for 1.4 million British households. The operator of the facility informed about this in a press release.
The plant has a capacity of 1.3 gigawatts (GW) and covers an area of 462 square kilometers, said Danish energy company Orsted, which owns the plant. The wind turbines were supplied by Siemens Gamesa and the blades are 81 meters long. “One revolution of the wind turbine blades can power the average UK household for 24 hours,” the firm said.
The full start-up of the power plant, which started delivering its first electricity last December, comes at a time when European countries are trying to move away from Russian fossil fuels, including gas.
“Current global events highlight more than ever the importance of ground-breaking renewable energy projects such as Hornsea 2 in helping Britain increase the security and resilience of its energy supply and reduce costs for consumers by reducing dependence on fossil fuels,” Orsted’s boss told the UK Duncan Clark region.
Britain is betting on offshore wind farms and plans to expand them in the coming years. The government’s goal is for their capacity to reach 50 GW by 2030, CNBC reported. The European Union, which Britain left in January 2020, aims to increase offshore wind capacity to 300 GW by the middle of this century.
The United States lags behind Europe in offshore wind. The first project, the 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm, began commercial operation in 2016.